Management Committee (MANCO)


Prof Thoko Mayekiso


PROF THOKO MAYEKISO is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mpumalanga with effect from 1 November 2014. She was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Engagement at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) with effect from 1 May 2009 to October 2014.

She obtained the degrees BA, BA Honours and MA in Psychology from the University of Fort Hare. She then obtained a D Phil (Cum laude) from the Free University Berlin, Germany. She is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Professor Mayekiso has served in the following capacities at the then University of Transkei (now Walter Sisulu University): Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology, and thereafter as Vice Dean of Arts. In 2001 she joined the University of the Witwatersrand in the capacity of Head of School of Human & Community Development, and subsequently became Deputy Dean and Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities in 2006. She proceeded to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) where she was appointed as Executive Dean: Faculty of Arts in 2007.

Her academic scholarships include a German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD), a Commonwealth Scholarship tenable at Leicester General Hospital and Greenwood Institute of Child Health in the United Kingdom and the South African Universities’ Vice Chancellors Association/American Council of Education fellowship tenable at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. She has a track record both as a researcher and a mentor especially in the areas of HIV and AIDS, poverty, adolescent adjustment problems and child abuse and neglect. Furthermore, she has written a number of articles in accredited journals nationally and internationally, presented papers at national and international conferences, and contributed to the writing of book chapters. She is a C3 rated scientist by the National Research Foundation.


Prof Ric Bernard


Prof Ric Bernard has 27 years’ experience in teaching & learning in the Department of Zoology & Entomology at Rhodes University.

He has been an active researcher since completing his PhD. He has graduated 24 MSc students (six awarded with distinction) and nine PhD students. He has published 96 refereed papers in international and national journals and six book chapters, and presented at numerous International and National Conferences.

He has made a considerable contribution to his discipline, including serving as President of the Zoological Society and Chairperson of a branch of the Royal Society of South Africa.

He continues to referee for a number of journals and has served as internal and external examiner for a range of Universities.

While at Rhodes he has worked on the majority of committees including serving two terms as a Senate representative on Council.


PROF rachmond HOWARD


Rachmond Howard was born in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga Province. He is a Full Professor with a wealth of knowledge and experience spanning more than 25 years in the higher education sector as an academic, scholar, researcher and manager. He holds a doctorate in biochemistry and applied molecular biology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in the United Kingdom. In addition, he holds the following other qualifications: MSc and BSc (Honours) from the University of the Western Cape and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Town.


Prof John Shongwe


Dr Paul Maminza


Mr Sello Legodi

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